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Review: Henderson's


Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

Super food, affordable prices, friendly service!

  • By SilverTraveller PamWNorth

    154 reviews

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  • Dec 2014
  • Edinburgh
  • Casual
  • International

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Hendersons in Hanover Street, has an international reputation for superb vegetarian cuisine created from the freshest and best ingredients at affordable prices. Visiting it has always been on my list of "things to do when in Edinburgh", but for various reasons it wasn't until last week that the opportunity of a visit came about. In my mind I expected a rather nice meal in relaxed surroundings – I wasn't disappointed.

Hendersons started life in Edinburgh's city centre over half a century ago, when in 1962 Janet Henderson, supported by her husband Mac opened a farm shop in order to sell produce from their East Lothian farm. Today in the same building on the corner of Thistle Street and Hanover Street there is still a Hendersons Shop but with more added – a deli, bakery, bistro, restaurant and gallery, the third generation of the Henderson family now manage the business.

It was the basement restaurant that we visited .The restaurant is open from 8am each day (8am for breakfasts) and it does not close until late evening. Its serves meals through the day on a canteen style, serve yourself basis, whilst in the evening it is Table Service. We visited mid day for lunch.

To access the restaurant involves walking down a few stone steps but once inside, the restaurant is all on one level. Seating is a good mix of traditional dining chairs, stools and comfortable armchairs.

As we entered the restaurant I could see it was quite busy but there was still vacant tables and what was noticeable was the general relaxed, happy atmosphere.

There was a superb range of salads of every possible variety on a salad bar and another canteen style area full of hot dishes. A blackboard had a wonderful array of specials and on the tables there was menus, all providing great choice.

My starter from the salad bar was a small starter size Pasta salad which included yellow pepper, spinach, tomatoes and black olives. My main course was a rather delicious Vegetable Balti Curry. I usually find restaurants tend to serve over large portions when it comes to curry, but this was just about right, not too huge for a lunchtime menu, there was a good variety of vegetables and they were beautifully cooked, light enough to have some bite but not undercooked, the blend of spices was perfect.

My husband chose note to have a starter and went straight for the main course – a vegan option of a traditional Scottish dish – Vegan haggis, neeps (swede/turnip) and tatties (potatoes) which he said was very tasty.

There was a tempting array of deserts, ready to purchase and the Cherry Pie with Vegan custard did look especially appealing, but we were too full to do them justice so made a note to try them another time.

This is a lovely, well established, family run restaurant in the centre of Edinburgh, in the New Town area – Hanover Street is one of the main streets which leads off Edinburgh's famous shopping Street- Princes Street. It is in a convenient area, but is best accessed on foot, or by taxi or bus as parking is limited due to it being on a main road.

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  • PamWNorth
    over 5 years ago
    I think it is worth mentioning that since I wrote my review Hendersons have added another restaurant/coffee shop to their presence in Edinburgh. They now also have a smaller outlet on the corner of Lothian Road and Princes Street, alongside one of Edinburgh's well known landmark - St Johns Church and so called Hendersons at St John's.. On my recent visit I found the standard of food and the service equally as good as in their main site on Hanover Street. Hendersons at St John;s also provides the opportunity to sit outside taking in spectacular views of Edinburgh Castle - which is directly opposite the restaurant.
  • PamWNorth
    almost 6 years ago
    Yes the restaurant is just below the shop. It is well worth a visit. There is also their bistro on Thistle Street (The Hendersons building is on the corner of Hanover Street and Thistle Street).
  • DRSask
    almost 6 years ago
    I sampled a delicious brownie and a hot chocolate at Henderson's deli a few years ago during a visit to Edinburgh. It is good to know there is a good restaurant there as well. I will have to keep that in mind for my next visit!